An Irish immigrant was killed in a road accident in South Boston on Monday, police have confirmed.
According to the Boston Herald, Tanya Connolly had emigrated from Ireland 14 years ago and had lived and worked in the city since.
Connolly, who was in her mid thirties, was riding her bike home on Monday with a friend, when she was fatally struck by a tractor-trailer just before 4pm in South Boston.
“She was full of life,” her distraught brother, Carl Connolly, told the newspaper.
“She was the glue that held her friends together. She’s definitely going to be missed”
He added, “She’d been riding forever.”
Throughout her years in Boston, the victim had made a “huge” circle of friends, who fondly remembered her.
“She was more full of life and enjoyment than anyone I’d ever known,” said one.
“She was a radiating, shining light,” said another.
Connolly was struck by an R&L Carrier tractor-trailer and the driver stopped immediately. Police confirmed that Connolly was pronounced dead at the scene and that an investigation was underway.
“She came into contact with the right side of the vehicle as it was taking a left,” Boston Police Superintendent Bruce Holloway told the Herald.